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'China: Through the Looking Glass' Becomes the Met's Fifth Most-Visited Exhibit Ever

The record-breaking exhibit closed Labor Day weekend with a final tally of 815,992 visitors.
"China: Through the Looking Glass." Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

"China: Through the Looking Glass." Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The numbers are in! The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a whopping final tally of 815,992 visitors for its latest Costume Institute exhibition, "China: Through the Looking Glass," which concluded its four-month run on Labor Day, Sept. 7. Not only did the exhibit exceed attendance to the Costume Institute's former top show, 2011's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" (which brought in 661,509 visitors), but it's also now among the Met's top five most-visited exhibitions of all time.

Curated by the Costume Institute's Andrew Bolton in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, "Through the Looking Glass" opened to the public on May 7 and, due to popular demand, was extended three additional weeks at the end of June. Upon its original closing date, Aug. 16, the exhibit had already outperformed "Savage Beauty" in terms of visits.

A number of factors contributed to the success of "Through the Looking Glass": extended hours (it was open until midnight during the long weekend), fewer lines thanks to the exhibit's large size of 30,000 square feet spanning 16 galleries, as well as a last-minute appearance by Anna Wintour. Vogue's very own signed catalogues of the exhibit for over 300 lucky visitors.

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Next, the Costume Institute will feature the couture and ready-to-wear wardrobe of Jacqueline de Ribes, an 86-year-old Parisian comtesse. The upcoming exhibit is titled "Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style" and will open to the public from Nov. 10 through Feb. 21, 2016. Next year's spring exhibit has yet to be announced.